If You Want to Be a Good Reader, Interact With the Author

The crucial task of engaging with the stories you love (or hate).

Kevin Horton
May 31, 2019 · 6 min read

“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”

—Mark Haddon

Finding the Point

Regardless of where you fit in, the most important aspect of reading is locating the point. Without it, you’re just wasting your time (and you’ll end up more confused than you already were).

How to Engage with the Author

The simple act of highlighting a story, whenever something stands out to you, seems like a waste of time. But it actually helps solidify the point in your brain.

Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash

Aiming to Learn, Not to Finish

To properly examine an author’s point of view, you have to first be honest with what they are expressing. That means listening carefully to what they are saying.


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